Managing Attorney Children’s Program


The Florence Project was founded in 1989 to respond to a representation crisis for indigent non-citizens detained at the rural Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Florence, Arizona. Through our programs today, we provide services to almost 7,500 men, women, and children detained in Eloy, Florence, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona on any given day.  The Florence Project is nationally known for its legal and social services that ensure that detained people are empowered and have access to justice. The Florence Project provides high quality legal services and supports initiatives for national changes in immigration law and policy.  
The Children’s Program educates, empowers, and provides legal assistance to immigrant children in Arizona. Legal services are provided by our staff attorneys or through pro bono representation. All of the children served are held in shelters, group homes, or long term foster care overseen by the Office of Refugee Resettlement while awaiting deportation hearings.  The Children’s Initiative is part of the national Legal Access for Unaccompanied Children network overseen by the Vera Institute of Justice.

The Florence Project is seeking an individual to join its staff as Managing Attorney over its Children’s Program in Phoenix.  The position involves working with a team of attorneys and legal assistants to represent children detained and released in Maricopa County.  The Managing Attorney will supervise the legal work of staff attorneys and legal assistants, mentor legal staff, provide legal representation to detained and released immigrants, and provide legal training to the community.  This position has an additional emphasis on designing and implementing an accredited representative program with the Children’s Program. 
On a limited basis, the Managing Attorney will assist with know your rights presentations and legal screenings when needed.  The Managing Attorney will also oversee training and professional development initiatives for the legal staff in the Phoenix office and participate with program development and outreach activities, in conjunction with the management team. This position reports to the Director of the Children’s Program and works in partnership with other Managing Attorneys for the Children’s Program.
This position is based in central Phoenix, with occasional travel to Tucson and Florence, AZ.  

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Supervise staff attorneys, accredited representatives, legal assistants, and any special project legal fellows (estimated 8-10 staff total).  This includes overseeing and being responsible for the quality of services provided for unaccompanied minors, conducting case reviews as needed with the legal teams, and providing training, mentorship, and support to the legal staff.  
  • Provide direct representation to unaccompanied minors with a caseload of about 30-35 cases at a time, before EOIR, USCIS, Maricopa County’s juvenile and family courts.
  • Oversee weekly joint case review and intake review meetings with legal staff, orientation for new hires, and plan regular training for legal staff. 
  • Design and implement an accredited representative program within the Children’s Program.
  • In conjunction with the Children’s Program Director, hire legal staff and interns for the Children’s Program.
  • On a limited basis, provide know your rights presentations, intakes, and follow-ups with unaccompanied minors detained under ORR or for intake clinic, for coverage purposes.   
  • Participate in program development with the Children’s Program Director and other Managing Attorneys, including participating in annual strategic planning retreats with Board and staff. Lead the implementation of any changes to the scope of legal services provided or the model for delivering those services.
  • Oversee collection of data by the legal staff, complete quarterly reporting for funders, and participate in funders calls, meetings, and training.
  • Support Florence Project outreach and development activities as needed. 
  • Other administrative duties as needed.  

  • J.D. and licensed to practice law or Accredited Representative.
  • Must be fluent in Spanish or have advanced proficiency.
  • Ability to travel regularly, especially between offices and secondary work locations.
  • Experience (preferably 2+ years) providing legal services to detained immigrants and/or unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings.  Knowledge of immigration law, specifically Special Immigrant Juvenile Status visa, is a plus.
  • Experience supervising staff or interns and demonstrated ability to inspire confidence in others and play supportive role, be a proactive and engaged supervisor without micromanaging, and be a clear and thoughtful decision maker.  
  • Demonstrated commitment to advocating for indigent immigrant clients in a respectful and empowering way and zealous support of the Florence Project’s mission. 
  • Highly organized and ability to be innovative thinker and work in high volume setting with limited resources.
  • A hard working team player with a sense of humor who is flexible, patient, respectful, and comfortable in a busy nonprofit setting.
  • Prior experience working with trauma survivors or individuals with mental health issues is a plus, and must be comfortable working with people with criminal convictions. 
  • Proven computer skills.
  • Must be able to pass federal and state background checks.

This is a full-time, salaried exempt position. We offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience. We strive to create and uphold a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. We offer excellent benefits, including:
  • Medical, dental, vision, short term disability insurance, and basic life insurance, with full premiums paid by the Florence Project. 
  • Mileage reimbursement for travel between offices and places of work. 
  • After two years of employment, staff members are eligible for the employer matching retirement plan. 
  • Paid time off includes one personal day each month 
  • Fifteen days of vacation 
  • Twelve days of sick/medical leave annually 
  • Six weeks of parental leave (up to twelve weeks total, with option to use personal, vacation, short term disability and sick paid time off for the unpaid portion) 
  • Bereavement leave. 
  • Relocation Assistance 
  • The Florence Project observes all federal holidays and Friday after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve
  • After three years of employment staff members are eligible for an eight week paid sabbatical 

This is an immediate opening. To apply, please complete the application below; upload a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, writing sample, and resume with three professional references. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. The Florence Project values diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented or disadvantaged communities. 
This job announcement is for informational purposes only, and is subject to change and modification without notice. This job announcement includes a non-exhaustive list of responsibilities, qualifications and requirements of the position, but does not necessarily include all the job functions of the position. 

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